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May 11-15, 2017: Natural Italian Wine Course at Castello di Potentino

Join a small group (max 12)  for a four-day, full immersion course on Italian wine, food and culture in a Tuscan castle . Eleanor Shannon, certified sommelier and founder of Uncorked In Italy, will lead the course. Read more. Participants will learn how Italian wines are made, how to taste and understand Italian wine and […]

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Casa Raia: Natural Brunello With Stories to Tell

Pierre Jean Monnoyer is a winegrower of quiet humility whose adventures in a remote village in China eventually led him to vineyards planted by the legendary Biondi-Santi family in Montalcino. He grew up in Nice, a meeting point between his father, who was from Reims in the north and  where his  mother, who was from the […]

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Healthy Organic Pasta: The Real Story Behind Gluten Intolerance

Amadeo Grappi, a young artisan producer of organic stone ground flour and pasta at the Mulino Di Val D’Orcia in Tuscany, gave me a clear explanation for the rise in gluten intolerance and loss of nutritional value in wheat products. As he says in this video, the problems arise from two things: the use of […]

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Imagining the Impossible in Wine and Life

Looking out at the Monte Amiata and the Val D’Orcia at dawn in Tuscany, it feels impossible to imagine that in the 1940s this was a scene of bloodshed and war. I was starting to write about the Val D’Orcia for this week’s post, but that will be next week. Right now, it’s hard not […]

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Stella di Campalto: Soul, Soil and Biodynamic Brunello

Stella di Campalto is a steel magnolia possessing both charm and grit. Her soft-spoken elegance belies the determination and vision she needed to found an organic winery in 1995 and run it by herself without experience or training. For the first three years, still in her twenties, she lived with her two girls, three and […]

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Sandi Skerk: Understated Elegance in Carso

Sandi Skerk is a man of few words, who makes wines with a lot to say in the windblown limestone rock of Carso on the Istrian Peninsula, a few hundred meters from the border between the northern Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia. The family home and cellar are built around a stone […]

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Forage: The Pleasure of Fresh Food and Italian Natural Wine in Cambridge

The European style of Stan Hilbert’s new farm-to-table restaurant in Cambridge is elegant but low key. Fresh, local organic food and wine pairs with a wine list that leans heavily toward Italian and French. But there isn’t a scrap of snootiness, just fun and pleasure. What would you like to try? The major players (left to […]

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Bar Mezzana: Pairing Modern Excellence with Italian Organic Wine in Boston

Within weeks of meeting Eleonora Costa of Crealto at Vini Dei Vignaioli, the natural Italian wine fair near Parma… I found her wine at the hip, new Bar Mezzana in Boston’s South End. It was listed among other natural Italian wines I’ve written about like Elisabetta Foradori Manzoni Bianco and Granato, Eugenio Bocchino Barolo, Arianna […]

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I Clivi: Stellar White Wines Express the Essence of Friuli

Ferdinando Zanusso (left) and his son, Mario, believe the soil is the secret to their extraordinary white wines that can be drunk young or age for twenty plus years. “The land makes this wine,” said Ferdinando, and then with a touch of irritation, “Nobody ‘makes’ wine. [People might think they can], but it isn’t that […]

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Eugenio Bocchino: Biodynamic Barolo in Old School Style

Twenty years ago, Eugenio Bocchino and his wife, Cinzia Pelazza, began a challenging adventure that is now bearing fruit in terms of their lovely Langhe Nebbiolo and Barolo wines. In 1996, they inherited Cinzia’s grandfather tiny vineyard and in 1997, made about 250 bottles of wine with one of his old presses and a single […]

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